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Colorado Drought Update-November 2017

Colorado Drought Update-November 2017

  Water Year 2017 ended up being tied for the third warmest on record and the 30th wettest on record. So far in October and November of the current water year, most of the state has experienced above normal temperatures. The southern half of the state has recorded below normal precipitation at SNOTEL stations, while […]

CDOT Urging Drivers to Prepare for winter

CDOT Urging Drivers to Prepare for winter

  DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is gearing up to battle adverse conditions this winter and encouraging drivers to do the same. “Just as we get ready for the winter months ahead, we’re recommending that drivers do the same, such as ensuring their vehicle is properly winterized, including making sure that they […]

Main Street Construction Progress Report

Main Street Construction Progress Report

  ACC Mountain West is concurrently working on Phases l & lll on the US Highway 287 reconstruction project through Main Street Lamar. The work consists of installation of a new waterline system, storm drainage system and concrete paving between Park Street and Canal Road. Phase l, located between Park and Oak Streets will maintain […]

2018 Budget Approved by Lamar Utility Board

2018 Budget Approved by Lamar Utility Board

  The LUB budget for 2018 was passed on a unanimous vote by the board during their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 10th.   Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, also presented the budget to the Lamar City Council the night before. The budget includes revenues in excess of $15.9 million, $14.8 million from retail […]

Repairs and Upgrades Planned for County Properties

Repairs and Upgrades Planned for County Properties

  Several repair projects were discussed by the Prowers County Commissioners with Kirk Powers, Building Maintenance Supervisor, during their morning work session on Tuesday, October 10th.  The County Annex at South Main and East Cedar Streets will have a new roof before the middle of the month.  Powers said, “The demo crew is now on […]

Snow Goose Festival Plans 16th Annual Event

Snow Goose Festival Plans 16th Annual Event

  Sharon Stiteler, AKA “BIRDCHICK” to Keynote the 16th Annual High Plains Snow Goose and Heritage History Festival LAMAR, Colo. (September 15, 2017) – International speaker and author, Sharon Stiteler, also known as “Birdchick” is sure to be insightful and entertaining for the 16th Annual High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival as the featured […]

Summer of 2017 Climate Review from NWS

Summer of 2017 Climate Review from NWS

  After a wet spring of 2017, the first month of “Meteorological Summer” warmed up and dried out across south central and southeast Colorado. While some portions of Eastern Colorado saw spotty amounts of above normal precipitation through the month of June, along with bouts of severe weather, most of south central and southeast Colorado […]

August is National Tree-Check Month, Time for a Once-Over

August is National Tree-Check Month, Time for a Once-Over

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As Labor Day and the end of summer approaches, it’s a great time to take stock of the trees in our urban landscapes.  August is National Tree Check Month.  Why is it important to check our trees and make sure they are healthy, strong and pest-free? Sometimes we take trees for granted; we […]

Hail Damage and Street Flooding from Prowers County Storm

Hail Damage and Street Flooding from Prowers County Storm

    The Lamar Public Works Department, along with local police and fire department personnel, were at work Thursday evening, dealing with the aftermath of a severe weather system that hit the county shortly before 7pm last night. Police officers were posted in high-water intersections, helping traffic safely navigate a course to a higher, dryer […]

Honey Bee Colonies Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies

Honey Bee Colonies Down Slightly for Operations with Five or More Colonies

  Honey bee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on January 1, 2017 totaled 2.62 million colonies, down slightly from January 1, 2016. The number of colonies in the United States on April 1, 2017 was 2.89 million colonies. During 2016, honey bee colonies on January 1, April 1, […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...National Weather Service

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT…National Weather Service

A Wet and Cool May Help to End Drought across Southeastern Colorado… SYNOPSIS: An unsettled weather pattern across the area at the end of April continued throughout most of the month of May across south central and southeast Colorado. This unsettled weather pattern allowed for multiple slow moving storm systems to move across the state, […]

Position Opens on Lamar Utility Board

Position Opens on Lamar Utility Board

Leo Hernandez, Lamar Utility Board member, indicated he is stepping down from his seat, now that his term has expired. “I can attend some future meetings for a while,” he explained, but stated he is not considering an additional term.  The board will make arrangements to advertise the position to the area. Board members meet […]

The Flag at the End of Town

The Flag at the End of Town

  The American flag is one of the most recognizable flags in the world, and the red, white and blue at Brad Semmens’ Country Acres and RV Motel Park stands out along Highway 287 as you enter or leave the southern section of Lamar. It’s big. There’s no denying that.  “It measures 25 by 45 […]

Water Quality Concerns Prompt Watershed Plan

Water Quality Concerns Prompt Watershed Plan

    Concerns about the increasing amount of trace minerals and salinity content in the Lower Arkansas River Basin has prompted a series of meetings to identify causes and develop solutions to the problem. The first stakeholders meeting was held July 13th at the Rodeway Cow Palace Inn and hosted by Blake Osborn, CSU Extension […]

Crop Production – JULY 2017 - Colorado Highlights

Crop Production – JULY 2017 – Colorado Highlights

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of July 1, 2017, is forecast at 84.00 million bushels, according to the July 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 8 percent from the June 1 forecast but […]